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Re: [humanism-174] "The Bible" on History Channel

From: Tim C.
Sent on: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 2:47 PM
Combination of mental disorder with perhaps environment/upbringing.  A certain segment of the German and German-American population are still very prejudiced toward Jews, and in a twisted way, blame Jews for their defeat in WWII.  Keep in mind that anti-Jewish sentiment is deeply rooted in the psyche of a number of European populations.  While Germany was a center of the most horrific results from this anti-Jewish sentiment, the Germans were not unique in this regard.  Anti-Jewish sentiment was strong in the Ukraine, in France, and Hungary, and even in Britain and the U.S.  Aviator Charles Lindbergh was a notorious Hitler-sympathizer and anti-Semite.  The reasons for all this are ancient and highly contradictory 
For example:
Christian doctrine forbade loaning money for interest. This was called usury and was sinful as well as illegal in countries that were politically dominated by the Church.  Yet, everyone needs a loan from time to time, including monarchs.  So it fell to the Jews to become Europe's bankers.  They loaned money, collected interest, and for the most part everyone was happy.  Columbus's voyages to the Americas were sponsored by Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, but financed by Jewish bankers who loaned the bucks to the monarchs!
Of course, the hypocrites among the Christian communities often cheated the Jewish bankers.  When the Spanish monarchs expelled the Jews from Spain, they made sure to confiscate or buy at bargain rates anything that the Jews owned!
The Holocaust may have been the worst, but it was far from the only persecution and slaughter of Jews!
And now, we have revisionists seeing WWII as a Jewish conspiracy against Germany, one in which the Germans would have won the war had it not been for the insidious work behind the scenes by Jews!  That they engaged in war against a nation with unlimited manpower (Soviet Union) and a nation with unlimited natural and manufacturing resources (U.S.A.)  does not fit into their world-view and so is ignored.
What we saw in the past week or so here in this forum was a modern incarnation of an ancient insanity.  As you are all probably aware, I am certainly no fan of any religion. I believe that they were all made, and therefore equally false.  I also am aware that both Islam and Christianity have their roots in Judaism.  But the descriptions of Judaism and the characterization of Jews in general by that person were to me wrong and unacceptable in this or any civilized human group.  Even her snarkiness and snide comments about some of us (notably me! lol),did not bother me as much as her revisionist history and just complete disregard for fact.
But just imagine growing up in a home in which parents and friends of your parents ranted about the "evil Jews" and how the "Jews" destroyed Germany and have aligned with the devil to destroy Christianity. Imagine hearing the same crap from the pulpit every Sunday.  Christ-killers, anti-German, ruling the world in secret from massive bank vaults, kidnapping Christian babies for use in dark blood rites. And on and on!
And this is still continuing today.  Not just in Germany either!
Tim Campbell
In a message dated 3/6/2013 2:26:56 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [address removed] writes:

I don't really want to talk about that person, because she's no longer a member here. But the ideas themselves- I just don't get it. What would lead a person to have such irrational beliefs and fears and prejudice- is it fear itself or just plain paranoia?

Someone being overly fervent about religion, I can almost understand since religion serves as a big sac of folderol that can make one feel safer from scary things like death, the universe and of course intimidating mythical entities like that God fella. But at least there's SOME psychological benefit, unlike with the paranoid conspiracy stuff. 

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